5 Ways To Monitor Your Weight Without A Scale

The scale can be an incredibly useful tool when you’re on a mission to lose a few pounds (or a few dozen!) and live a healthier lifestyle. When you’re seeing those numbers go down – closer and closer to your goal weight – it’s the best feeling in the world.
However, your bathroom scales often don’t tell the whole story. Your body weight frequently fluctuates (even throughout the day) and, at some point, you’ll see that those pounds aren’t coming off like they used to. Do not panic! The scale – and your weight – alone doesn’t reveal much about your overall health. Take a look at some tried and true ways to monitor your weight without using a scale.

1. Take and Compare Photos.

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One of the best methods to see the progress. You see yourself every day so you might not notice the small changes that are happening to your body. With pictures, you’ll be able to see those subtle transformations. This method is easy. Once a week, take a selfie of yourself in the same outfit – a bathing suit is best.
We know, you probably don’t like the idea of taking pics of yourself in a bathing suit but it’s the best way to see your whole body. Label the image with a date and keep it in a separate folder on your computer. Add a new image every week and look through them once a month or two. You should be able to start seeing the progress fairly quickly.

2. Measure Your Body Fat Percentage.

You probably know that if you’re exercising hard enough, your body fat will be replaced with muscle. Muscles are much more dense than fat, and if you’re only using scales to monitor your progress, it’ll look as if you’d hit a plateau. So, if you love numbers, you might want to keep track of your BFP. A word of warning: calipers and built-in body composition scales are not accurate, so make sure you take multiple measurements and average them out before recording the results.

3. Keep A Journal.

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Believe it or not, this is actually one of the most important things you can do to keep track of your overall health and lifestyle. If you talk to people who’ve successfully lost and kept the weight off, most of them will tell you that they’ve kept a journal (and probably still do). We recommend you start with tracking 4 things: your diet, your physical activity, your sleep, and how you feel.

    • Your Diet

To start, write down every single thing you eat for a week. That includes that fun size snickers (or four) you stole from your child and a couple of cupcakes you had at Bob’s office birthday party. Write it all down, count the calories the best you can and make a plan for reducing your calorie intake. Continue doing so for at least a couple of months and record the progress. We know writing down your calories is probably the most painfully boring task you’ll ever have to complete, but it’s also one of the most important ones. Remember, you won’t be able to lose and keep your weight off without changing your diet!

    • Your Sleep

Your sleep quality correlates with the amount of physical activity you’re engaged in throughout the day. The better your workout the better your sleep will be and you’ll have more energy in the morning. You’ll be more focused, in a better mood, and, guess what, you’ll be shedding those pounds faster!

    • Physical Activity

This one’s going to be fun to go back and look through down the line. Keep track of the length and intensity of your workouts, as detailed as you’d like, and monitor the progress. Make sure you have a purpose for your workouts and incrementally increase their intensity.

4. Get a Pair of ‘Goal Jeans’.

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Whether it’s a pair of your old jeans or an entirely new dream pair, having this as a goal is incredibly motivating. It gives you something attainable to work toward, and as you continue with your fitness regimen, the easier the jeans slip on the more rewarding the process becomes. Your clothes fitting better and going down one or more sizes is a much better indicator of progress than your weight. You could weigh the same but look much different if you’re losing fat and gaining lean muscle.

5. LikeAGlove Smart Shorts

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LikeAGlove smart shorts and app

This is a super useful product for tracking your overall progress and an incredible motivational tool. These amazing shorts will measure all of your lower contours (waist and hips at multiple points) and will keep a record of the measurements in an app on your phone. It’s one of the best ways of measuring your fitness progress out there because it accurately (and within seconds) records your shape, determines your actual size, and shows you the transformation in an easy-to-read graph. We recommend that you measure yourself once a week or so.

Losing weight is not only about the pounds. It’s about gaining strength, feeling great, and knowing how to track the results!


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